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Will Virginia Be The First State To Elect An Openly Gay Senator?

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Virginia Democrat Senator Candidate Adam Ebbin

The state's tourism website boasts, "Virginia is for lovers," and apparently they don't discriminate.

Adam Ebbin is on his way to become Senator of the Commonwealth, and he's gay!

Now, having a gay senator is nothing new. There have been plenty of them; they're just all in the closet.

Ebbin, on the other hand, is out and about with it, but the Old Dominion knows better than to judge a politician on his sexuality. Just like his hair color, it has nothing to do with how he can run things.

On Tuesday, he won the Democratic primary and since the district leans heavily toward the left side of the fence, it is expected he will win.

Ebbin is up against Republican Tim McGhee for the position with the general election coming up in November.

Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of Victory Fund, said in a statement:

Given his heavily Democratic district, Adam Ebbin’s primary victory all but assures that he will become the first out Virginia state senator. This is an incredible milestone for the LGBT community and is further proof that voters today see LGBT people as just as committed to their communities as any other public servant.

This is fantastic news. So good to see a man's sexuality not getting in the way of being seen as the best man for the job. Hopefully we'll be able to update you on a happy election turnout in November.

Each step counts! Stay tuned!

[Image via AP Images.]

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15 comments to “Will Virginia Be The First State To Elect An Openly Gay Senator?”



  1. 1

    At least he is being honest about this, we need politicians to tell the truth, so we can figure out what if we want to support them or not.twtrprosski



  2. 2

    I respect him for telling the truth, we need people who are honest, that is the main thing.



  3. 3

    ””'So good to see a man's sexuality not getting in the way of being seen as the best man for the job. ””'
    It don't woeks fo bloggers ?



  4. 4

    *works



  5. 5

    Who cares? Supposedly we are all equal right? I'm wondering if it is just because people can now be comfortable with all sexualities and not discriminate, or just modern segregation at its finest.



  6. 6

    We still don't have an openly gay senator? Surprise to me. But probably not, on Virginia being the first state to do that.



  7. 7

    They might as well come out with it.
    OWN YOUR POWER….or sexuality in this case.



  8. 8

    i hope not



  9. 9

    Have you never heard of Barny Frank???



  10. 10

    What difference does it make if one is gay or straight. The "straight" senators aren't doing their job whatsoever. Maybe this guy will take his appointed job seriously and do something for our country that needs some help so badly.



  11. 11

    Seems unlikely that he'll get elected VA is super conservative.



  12. 12

    I think sexual oreintation should not be a deciding factor in anyones political campaign, but unfortunatly many people do not support homosexuality, and therefore wont vote for him regardless of his qualifications just based off that. It's truly sad that sex and politics always seem to go hand and hand… (and not just oreintation, I mean look at how many sex related scandals appear in politics yearly)



  13. 13

    Your headline is very inaccurate. There are openly gay state senators across the country - I could name them from California, New York, Wisconsin for starters. I'm sure there have been others.

    We have never had to my knowledge an openly gay US Senator, but that is not what he is running for.



  14. 14

    being a VA resident my whole life, I would say I am way more focused on the issues then his sexual preference. i dont care if you're gay, straight, a dog, or whatever - as long as you can do your job!



  15. 15

    Uhhhhh… first state? Try (at least) California: State Senator Mark Leno.